Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo

Joel McCrea
Director: Frank Lloyd Cast: Joel McCrea
Joel McCrea
, Frances Dee
Frances Dee
, Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan
Frank Lloyd


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The third of Paramount's "deluxe" westerns of the 1930s (following The Texas Rangers and The Plainsman) was Wells Fargo, filmed on a Cecil B. DeMille scale by producer-director Frank Lloyd. In his first western appearance, Joel McCrea plays Ramsey McCay, troubleshooter for the newly formed partnership of Henry Wells (Henry O'Neill) and William Fargo (Jack Clark). Dedicated to maintaining a safe and speedy overland mail and freight service to the West, Wells-Fargo is at the forefront of several important historical events, including the California Gold Rush, the formation of the Pony Express and the Civil War. Hero McCay is briefly separated from his wife Justine (played by McCrea's real-life spouse Frances Dee) during the last-named conflict, but the two are reunited late in life as Wells-Fargo celebrates its 20th year of service. Constructed in a rather pedantic "tableau" fashion (a frequent shortcoming in Frank Lloyd's films), Wells Fargo nevertheless contains several thrill-packed highlights, most of which would do service as stock footage in such later Paramount westerns as Geronimo. Originally released at 115 minutes, Wells Fargo was radically shortened in subsequent re-issues, almost completely eliminating the semi-villainous character played by fourth-billed Lloyd Nolan (if asked, audiences would probably have preferred to see far less of comedy-relief Bob "Bazooka" Burns).

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2015
UPC: 0025192317682
Original Release: 1937
Source: Universal
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 21,931

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joel McCrea Ramsay Mackay
Frances Dee Justine
Lloyd Nolan Del Slade
Porter Hall James Oliver
Ralph Morgan Mr. Pryor
Robert Cummings Trimball
Henry O'Neill Henry Wells
Johnny Mack Brown Talbot Carter
Jane Dewey Lucy Dorsett Trimball
Bob Burns Hank York
Jimmy Butler Nick
Spencer Charters Jethrow
Jack J. Clark William Fargo
Sheila D'Arcy Lola Montez
Hal K. Dawson Correspondent
Willie Fung Wang
Lucien Littlefield San Francisco Postmaster
Frank McGlynn Lincoln
Robert E. O'Connor Sea Captain
Bob Burns Hank York
Mary Nash Mrs. Pryor
Clarence Kolb John Butterfield
Granville Bates Bradford the Banker
Harry Davenport Ingalls the Banker
Frank Conroy Ward the Banker
Brandon Tynan Edwards the Newspaper Publisher
Peggy Stewart Alice MacKay
Bernard Siegel Pawnee
Stanley Fields Abe

Technical Credits
Frank Lloyd Director,Producer
Hugh Bennett Editor
John Cope Sound/Sound Designer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Howard Estabrook Associate Producer
Arthur Freed Songwriter
Gerald Geraghty Screenwriter
John B. Goodman Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederick J. Jackson Screenwriter
Burton Lane Songwriter
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Boris Morros Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Schofield Screenwriter
Theodor Sparkuhl Cinematographer
William Tummel Asst. Director
Victor Young Score Composer

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